September 24, 2010
Anne Hearst McInerney and Amanda Hearst Chair The HSUS' Make History Gala
NEW YORK — Anne Hearst McInerney and Amanda Hearst chaired The Humane Society of the United States’ Make History Gala along with President and CEO of The HSUS, Wayne Pacelle. The ballroom at the Pierre Hotel was filled with New York political, social, and entertainment elite. Host, animal advocate and Grammy Award nominee, Moby, welcomed guests with a riveting speech. Wayne Pacelle also greeted guests to express his profound gratitude for the overwhelming support of this cause.
“We are poised to make historic inroads in the fight against puppy mills,” said Pacelle. “State by state, The HSUS has been tackling the problem of puppy mills. The momentum for change is upon us, and I’m honored to be with so many caring individuals who are coming together to protect these innocent creatures from cruelty and abuse.”
The Make History Gala honored the Friends of Finn, the committee founded by Amanda Hearst that is made up of next generation New York leaders dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. Puppy mills are mass-breeding facilities that house dogs in deplorable conditions. Amanda Hearst was joined by Friends of Finn members Tom Brodsky, Katy Brodsky, Georgina Bloomberg, Fabiola Beracasa, Annie Churchill Albert, Marcelo Gomes, Samantha Kleier Forbes, Michael Katz, Dylan Lauren, Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern, Kimberly Ovitz, and Dalia Oberlander. Together, they make up the committee named after Amanda’s dog, Finn. Amanda purchased Finn from a New York City pet store and was unaware that he was born at a puppy mill as he was presented as a “pup with papers.” To change the circumstances for dogs like Finn, the mother dog who gave birth to him, who may still be in a cage, and Amanda, the Friends of Finn have sold tables and raised gifts for an ongoing tri-state public education, awareness, and information program on why, how, and where to get dogs from reputable sources.
The gala also raised funds to support Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B, which is a campaign comprised of individuals and animal welfare organizations, including The HSUS, ASPCA®, Humane Society of Missouri, Best Friends Animal Society, and the Missouri Alliance for Humane Legislation. Proposition B, on Missouri’s statewide ballot for the November election, will stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common sense standards for the care of dogs in the nation’s largest puppy mill state.
The entertainment for the Make History Gala featured a special presentation by Tom Gold and Marcelo Gomes, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre principal dancers, and rescue dog, Pi.
Other notable guests included Beth Ostrosky Stern, CNN’s Robert Zimmerman, Senator Robert Torricelli and Susan Holloway Torricelli, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, actor Chris Riggi, Sharon Bush, Frances Scaife, Liliana Cavendish, artist Hunt Slonem, James and Charlene Nederlander, Cornelia Sharpe Bregman, Charles Askegard and Animal Fair’s Wendy Diamond. Co Chairs of the Gala Wendy and Howard Berk with NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Frances Hayward, Cathy Kangas, artist Peter Max and his wife Mary Max, Patrick McDonnell, Sharon Patrick, June and Alan Rubin, and Planning Committee and event sponsors Roberta Ashkin, Barbara Brack, and Judy Ney also enjoyed the poignant program. Platinum Corporate Sponsor Mr. Arthur Benjamin from American Dog Rescue and sponsor Mr. David York from the Barking Hound Village Foundation also attended the first annual gala. Additional members of The HSUS Board of Directors and National Council who attended include Anita Coupe and Bill Mancuso. The Make History Gala benefited the HSUS’ transformational initiatives that generate positive systemic change in the everyday lives of large numbers of animals.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.
Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer